This film is an official selection of the Sound Unseen 16 Film & Music Festival.
Date: Sun. Nov. 15, 2015
Venue: Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Price: $10 advance/$12 at the door
*Special musical performance to follow by BODY OMARA, a local band whose style reflects their love for the funky, soulful "desert blues" of Malian guitar genius Ali Farka Toure. Co-presented by The Cedar Cultural Center.
Prince goes Sahel in this colorful homage to “Purple Rain” and “The Harder They Come.” Set among the sub-Saharan Tuareg people, and reputedly the first feature film in their Tamashek language (which has no word for "purple," hence the title). Resplendent in a purple robe and matching chopper, smoking hot guitarist Mdou Moctar arrives in a music-mad Niger town and sets about wooing a local beauty, clashing with his pious father, and fencing with the jealous king of the local scene (Kader Tanoutanoute, as wily and dapper as Morris Day) until their climactic six-string shootout. (Synopsis provided by CIMM FEST.)
DIR: Christopher Kirkley, Niger. In Tamashek w/English subtitles, 2015, 75 min.
Sponsored by: The Cedar Cultural Center, Amsterdam Bar & Hall, and Visit Saint Paul